- 1 Logos
- 2 Music/Sounds
- 3 Scare Factor
- 4 Videos
1st logo (1989-1999)
On a sunny sky blue background, we see the top of a clay green planet with a river running through it, trees, etc. The planet turns right and a red/yellow polkadot bowtie shaped butterfly places itself on a patch of blue and white, which appears to be a suit. As this is happening, the letters
in various shapes, arrange and form themselves to the right so they are in separate wooden boxes which form in the same time. A brown pillar, a staircase, A wooden pillar with a yellow and black zigzag plank, and two pieces of wood also arrange and form themselves as a picture frame. A smiling clay face drops from behind the top part of the frame to the suit where we can't see the eyes. Then four clouds drop into place in the sky, as Aardman Animations
fades in below. All of this takes place inside a small white box against a black background.
- Sometimes, a still version of this logo exists with different text and a copyright notice below.
- On Not Without My Handbag and The Wrong Trousers, the logo is shown to be altered: the smile is different, the number of red pots on the bowtie is slightly reduced and the last "A" in the vertical stacked "AARDMAN" is in a different style.
- A print version exists on the end card of Rex the Runt: it has the font from the next logo and it seems to be the face speaking through a megaphone with stars (with the one from the next logo) shooting out of it.
- There is an alternate version of this logo shown on the VHS Aardman Animations Vol. 1. The box, instead of the normal animation, shows a time-lapse video of a man in a set building the logo together. After a while, we zoom in to the logo and the finished result is the altered variant, and "Aardman Animations presents" is in an different font.
- At the end of the VHS Aardman Animations Vol. 1, the normal logo plays, but the text says "Coming Soon: Aardman Animations Vol II", in a different font.
2nd logo (1998-2000's)
On a light cerulean-blue background with three matching gears, we slowly zoom toward a blue square with a red star (with gears inside) on it. It has little arms, legs, and a head, and is running on a green gear-like object that has some of the letters of "Aardman" printed on it in red and green and some letters in red are spinning around in different directions on black sticks by teal and green gears. Surrounding the square are clouds, hands, cars, trees, anthropomorphic planes, houses, buildings, and people rotating around on different colored gears. A human hand then reaches out from the right, grabs the square, and presses its head like a stopwatch, freezing the scenery. "Aardman" is formed below.
On Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, a short version was used.
3rd logo (June 23, 2000-)
On a black background, we see the word "Aardman" (similar to the previous logo, but in a grungy font), with a star drawn in the same style shown on the top left. Sometimes, below the logo is a copyright notice.
- On Aardman-produced TV shows since 2003, the logo is a brighter shade of red and is a still image.
- On Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, a white background is used.
- On Shaun the Sheep, this logo is shown at the top, with the CBBC logo (a green egg shape with a big purple C on it and the BBC logo below in white) in the center. Copyright info is shown below. Later episodes have the logo in white.
- On Timmy Time and later episodes of Shaun the Sheep, the logo is in-credit.
- Sometimes, the star is slightly shifted further away from the word.
- At the end of the films, the logo is completely still.
- On Flushed Away, the logo appears one-by-one.
- A filmed variant was spotted on a Russian print of Flushed Away.
4th logo (2011-)
On a black background, we see the Aardman logo peeling up out of the blackness, while a printed reflection is seen at an angle below. When the logo fully appears, the reflection fades out, leaving just the logo.
- There is a cinematic variant, where the print blocks of "Aardman" are placed in the machine. A pair of tweezers puts the star print block in its matching slot. Then we zoom out and pan as the machine starts up and we see on the other side that "Aardman" and the star is printed on the conveyor belt. This was initially exclusive to online before making it's debut onEarly Man. The regular version described above is a shorter version.
- On Shaun the Sheep Movie, there's a custom variant of the logo. On a gray background, we see the sheep from the TV series the movie, based off of huddled around, before moving to reveal the letters of "Aardman", printed on their bodies. They accidentally form "Amadran", and 2 of the sheep move around to form "Aardman". A tiny staircase is pushed into the picture, and Timmy (a character from Shaun the Sheep)climbs onto it while wearing a red star.
Two ominous violin notes, followed by a 3-note flute tune, a musical "thud" as the head falls into place, and two more short bass violin notes as the clouds fall into place and bounce. At the beginning water can be heard.
- A slightly lower pitched version was found when Cartoon Network aired The Wrong Trousers on April 21, 2012 and on later North American prints of A Close Shave (due to the PAL-to-NTSC conversion).
- On the Aardman Animations Vol. 1 variant, we hear an eerie tune with several synth toms, crash-like sound effects and a harp-like noise when the logo zooms in.
- At the end of A Close Shave, we hear sheep bleating over the logo.
- At the end of The Wrong Trousers, we hear the final note of the closing theme.
A sly jazz tune with ticking that stops when the logo does.
- On the Pathé print of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the opening theme of the movie is heard.
- On Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions on Disc 2 (Cracking Extras) of the 2 disc edition of the DVD of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the logo is low pitched. This can only be seen when you press "Play All".
Just the ending music of the show or the film.
A quiet grinding noise plays as the logo slides in, then silence, or the opening music of the film.
None to low, due to the music and clay face. This has scared a fair amount of young British people, but it's unlikely to induce nightmares. The scare factor might rise if the "Ominous Choir" BBC logo follows. The print variant might raise the scare factor a little because it looks strange.
None, unless the hand pressing the button and sudden stop gets you.
Low. The weird sound and silence at the end may scare a few.